Lipogramma flavescens

Common Name

Yellow Basslet

Year Described

Gilmore & Jones, 1988


Dorsal Fin: XII, 9
Anal Fin: III, 8
Pelvic Fin: I, 5
Pectoral Fin: 16
Caudal Rays: 19 (segmented)
Gill Rakers: 3 upper, 12 lower; 15 total
Vertebrae: 10 precaudal, 15 caudal; 25 total
Lateral Scale Rows: 20

Body stout with pointed snout. Lateral line absent. Preopercular margin smooth. Pelvic fin extends well past anal fin origin when depressed (to 61% SL). Outer procurrent caudal rays thickened (3 ventrally and dorsally). Caudal fin rounded.


Bright canary yellow on the head and body with a black eye-bar and a dark spot on the posterior dorsal fin. Anterior dorsal fin yellow, posterior part pale with yellow spots. Anal fin pale with yellow spots, a yellow submarginal band, and a black edge. Pelvic fins white with yellow spots. Caudal fin yellow with pale margin.


Maximum size to 25mm.


Mixed sand-rocky and calcareous bottom from 50-350m.


Scattered records in the Caribbean Sea: Bahamas and off Belize.


Gilmore, R.G. and R.S. Jones. 1988. Lipogramma flavescens, a new grammid fish from the Bahama Islands, with description and distributional notes on L. evides and L. anabantoides. Bulletin of Marine Science v. 42 (no. 3): 435-445.

Gilmore, R.G. 1997. _ Lipogramma robinsi_, a new basslet from the tropical western Atlantic, with descriptive and distributional notes on L. flavescens and L. anabantoides (Perciformes: Grammatidae). Bulletin of Marine Science v. 60 (no. 3): 782-788.

Hardy, J.D. 2005. Chapter 121: Grammatidae, p. 1341-1351. In: Richards, W.J. (Ed.). Early Stages of Atlantic Fishes: An Identification Guide for the Western Central North Atlantic. CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida.

Mooi, R.D. 2002. Grammatidae. In: FAO Species Identification Guide to Fishes of the Western Atlantic. (ed. Carpenter K), pp. 1308–1369. UN FAO Publishers, Rome.